MAY 15, 2016
Q3 a small milestone for McLaren says Alonso
McLaren-Honda is continuing its slow climb out of the doldrums of 2015.
Saturday in Barcelona was the first time the Anglo-Japanese's collaboration resulted in a mere Q3 result, with Fernando Alonso calling his P10 a "small milestone".
"The next one must be to regularly finish in the points, then the podium," said the Spaniard.
The Woking team says it is doing all it can to produce the best car in the pitlane, as Honda on the other hand works to improve its sub-standard 'power unit'.
"We have the third best chassis behind Mercedes and Red Bull," Alonso told the Spanish press on Saturday.
Indeed, at the end of the long straight, McLaren-Honda are losing 12kph to the fastest cars, but Honda improvements are also in the pipeline.
"In Canada, the first step comes. In Spa, the second," declared Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.
Jenson Button, meanwhile, said it is "quite sad" that McLaren sees a mere P10 as reason to feel happy in Spain, but former McLaren champion Alain Prost agrees.
"It is depressing for sure," the F1 legend told London's Telegraph newspaper.
"I would love to see McLaren back at the front. I still think Ron (Dennis) is the right guy. I'm confident about the team but there's a lot to put together.
"They made a big step from last year but they need another one."